Thursday, March 31, 2011

Guckenheimer Sour Kraut Band- Oom Pah-Pah in Hi-Fi

It would be very hard to go wrong with a non-musicians' Oom-Pah band, in my opinion at least. If you think you might agree then this record would have to be a must for you (along with their most "well known" album, "Music For Non-Thinkers," also found on this blog).
Most Oom-Pah records I've heard have been way to clean, well-mannered, and professional to the point of rendering the music sterile, which unsurprisingly is no fun at all. This is supposed to be music to get drunk to and let loose to, I thought. Well, the Guckenheimer Sour Kraut band is drunk, dirty, off key, off time and proudly un-professional though oddly cohesive [well, more than Portsmouth Sinfonia or King Uszniewicz (two posts each on this blog), anyway], which seems to capture the feel of what I want from Oom-Pah much better.
Why make music this way? Because it's a hell of a lot more fun! The band sounds more like the time I'm having when I listen to them, plus it always puts my grumpy, misanthropic self in a good mood.
The record is pretty quiet, which means I had the turn the levels way up which unfortunately makes the pops that much louder. Imperfect recording for imperfect music for imperfect people.
If you don't get it at first, you need more beer.

Liner notes:

Light & Latin- The Unique Paraguayan Harp Artistry of Luis Bordon

Very breezy, rhythmic, Paraguayan easy listening. Great background music, and the Harp doesn't sound like what most would expect, which keeps it from sounding too familiar.
Siesta time...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Kaleidoscope Death- Bez Konca

It seems only fair that by posting other people's work for free, that I should post my own shit for free as well. I know that people are searching for the other stuff and not this, but it's the thought that counts, right?
Anyway, Kaleidoscope Death is my solo project and this is the 10th album. It was all recorded on 4-track (no bouncing...I seem to love working under limitations) and is definitely lo-fi (can't help it).
If you've looked at a lot of the posts on this blog you'll see a lot of the influences: The Fall, The Rebel/Country Teasers, The Monks, The Breeders, Pere Ubu, Lee Hazlewood, King Uszniewicz, etc. and whether it sounds anything like that is quite debatable.
I know this is far from setting the record straight as far as lost royalties go, but a little something is better than nothing (?).
Let me know what you think (even if you hate it).


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